Police personnel injured in encounter with Maoists rushed to Raipur for better treatment

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 04:20 hrs

After sustaining severe injuries during a gunfight with Maoists, two police personnel have rushed for better medical care to Chhattisgarh capital Raipur.

The injured are now said to be stable and undergoing treatment.

Mukesh Khare, Senior Superintendent of Police, Raipur, said: "One security official is injured in the eye and the other on his waist. They are undergoing treatment and we are not in the condition to divulge much. But yes they are stable and are accompanied by a team of doctors."

The two security personnel, severely injured in Maoists attacks on Friday, were first airlifted to a hospital in Jagdalpur town and later to Raipur.

The Maoists, who say they are fighting for the rights of the poor and landless, control some of India's mineral-rich areas and operate in large swathes of the eastern, central and southern countryside.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the Maoist rebellion as one of the gravest security threats to India.

The Maoists have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since the 1960s. (ANI)

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